Xenophobia: SA government arraigned 8 policemen for mistreating Nigerians

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Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa is a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence and the Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has faulted the South African government over the xenophobia crisis. But in giving an update on the development said the South African government has arraigned eight policemen for the maltreatment of Nigerians in the country.


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Eight policemen have been charged to court by South Africa. They have been charged for cases involving the maltreatment of Nigerians in South Africa that have been on for a long time. But the cases have not yet ended.


We are hoping those cases will end. There have to be consequences for actions. Four policemen have been arrested in connection with the last death of the gentleman that was killed in his home,

she said

She added that the South African government needs to conclude these investigations and make their findings public. The presidential aide also demanded an immediate end to the killing of South Africans in Nigeria, she called on President Cyril Ramaphosa administration to take all necessary steps to quench the scourge.


Also reacting, Professor Akin Oyebode sited that the South African government ought to have sent emissaries to plead with the Nigerian government and not the other way around.

I believe the Buhari government is trying to be very diplomatic even though we are the aggravated party. Quite a number of my friends have said that Nigeria should not give the impression that it’s begging South Africa for consideration because we are the injured party


It is South Africa that ought to send their delegation here to appeal to Nigerians not to visit Mayhem on the SOuth Africans or their interests,

he said.

The African continent has experienced some trying times in the past and we have always managed to uphold peace and unity, it’s the African way. The recent xenophobic attacks have attracted reactions from all and sundry; stakeholders are berating, twitter is fuming and the international community is watching. SA says the nation is angry, Nigeria has called its people back home and it is all looking like it’s going to get worse before it gets better but amidst all of it, justice and the rule of law might yet prevail.

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